Strawberry Peppermint Sorbet

I don’t know if you can tell, but one of my more favorite things to make is frozen dessert, aka: sorbet, gelato, ice cream, frozen yogurt, popsicles, etc.  Usually I have some sort of concoction in the freezer for Gavin and I to eat, if we want!  I went to the store recently and saw the strawberries on “manager’s special,” which should be understood as “these strawberries will go bad later today — use immediately.”  So I got some and decided to make this recipe!

Strawberry Peppermint Sorbet

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Total: 2 hours (includes prep time, refrigeration & churning time)
Makes: I think it makes 1.5-ish quarts

Ingredients
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 cups sliced strawberries
1 tbsp lemon juice
12-16 mint leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp vodka (optional, add during churning for softness)

Preparation

1. Bring water and sugar to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, simmer for 10 minutes.  Place in small bowl and refrigerate to achieve syrupy consistency.

2. Meanwhile, in a blender, puree berries.  Stir in lemon juice and chopped peppermint.  Refrigerate in a separate bowl.

3. After at least an hour’s chilling in the refrigerator, combine syrup with berries.  Pour into an electric ice cream maker and churn (I feel that 25 minutes is best for my model).  I thought that the sorbet was really creamy and soft, but Gavin thought it froze a little hard, so you can also add 1 tbsp vodka when beginning to churn to ensure the sorbet will be soft after freezing!

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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